The short answer to this is “it depends.” We understand, with it officially being spring and all, that you are eager to purchase your next air conditioner if you’re in need of one this year. However, rushing into this kind of purchase can be a mistake. A Couer d’Alene, ID AC installation requires careful consideration about a number of factors, which each of those factors playing a part in how much your new cooling system will cost.
Determining AC Installation Costs
First off, what type of air conditioner do you think you want? A ductless system will probably cost more than the more traditional central air conditioning system. But then again, if you don’t have ductwork already installed in your home, a central system installation could be more complex—and in turn, more expensive.
Our staff is here to help you decide what type of cooling system is best for your needs and your household. But even once you’ve determined this, the following details will still impact how much the installation costs.
- System Efficiency: This is one of the most important factors to consider when installing a new HVAC system. Each cooling system comes with a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, which tells you the level of efficiency. The lowest SEER ratings on the market today are 13-14, while the highest can be 20+. Typically, the higher the efficiency, the better the system. However, you want to ensure that the system is matched to your budget and the needs of your specific living space.
- Air Ducts: As we alluded to above, if you choose to install a central cooling system, then you’ll need to have ducts in place. However, what if you already have ductwork snaking its way through your home? You’ll want to double check that this part of your HVAC system is in good condition. Were your ducts professionally installed? Are there any loose connections or damage? If conditioned air is escaping through damaged air ducts, then your central system can’t possibly perform as efficiently as it’s meant to. Therefore, your ducts should be sealed or repaired before or during your air conditioner installation.—which could make the job more expensive.
- Size: The bigger the better, right? Well—no, not in the case of air conditioning systems. Too large of a system will go through a process called short-cycling where it turns on and off in rapid succession. This creates increased wear and tear on the system, and can lead to premature breakdown. And of course, too small of a system won’t be able to adequately cool your home. Talk to our professionals about matching up your home with the right size system.
- Community Rebates: While you may have to pay more than you expect upfront for a high efficiency system, many times your community will have reimbursements available for the installation of an ENERGY STAR or other high-efficiency appliance installation.
ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice.